Political Challenges Ahead

Oklahoma City, OK – Dems dare to challenge Okla GOP, at political risk

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) In the reddest of red states, some Democratic legislators who disagree with the GOP majority's take on abortion, guns and federally arranged health care fear Oklahoma policy is being dictated by some who "put their finger in the wind."

Even for a left-leaning Democrat, a vote against politically charged issues can spell doom in an election year. Especially in a conservative state like Oklahoma, where President Obama failed to win any of its 77 counties.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate say Second Amendment issues and the federal health care bill reflect genuine concerns they hear from Oklahoma voters.

Seminole Democrat Ryan Kiesel says he thinks it's a shame when Democrats feel they have to "put their finger in the wind" and govern by poll numbers.